Members of the UT-Brownsville Volleyball Team pose in the Casa Bella Clubhouse during a celebration this afternoon of their 2013 NAIA National Volleyball Championship, which they won Saturday night after defeating Biola University in Sioux City, Iowa. This is the second national championship for the team. They last won in 2011.
It all started Feb. 4 of this year, when two identical bills were filed in the Texas House and Senate seeking the creation of a new University of Texas school in the Rio Grande Valley.
House Bill 1000 and Senate Bill 24 would authorize the UT System board of regents to abolish UT-Brownsville and UT-Pan American and create a university with academic campuses in Cameron and Hidalgo counties, an academic center in Starr County and a medical school.
Friday is the deadline to suggest a name for the new university to be created from the consolidation of UT-Brownsville and UT-Pan American, officials say.
The University of Texas System board of regents will conduct a special meeting this month to give the public an update on the name of the new university, Austin Ellington, a public affairs associate for the University of Texas System, told The Collegian via telephone Nov. 25.